These requirements are only for students previously enrolled in the National and Homeland Security Minor.

Register this minor with the Registrar – Minor Code 900

The Minor (18 credits)

The U.S Government once called our primary challenge for this century “The Long War,” more popularly known as the War on Terror, but other important long-term national security challenges also loom: the rise of China, energy and natural resource shortages, global warming and pandemic disease, among others.

This Political Science Minor offers students a range of courses which address the new direct challenges to national security and intelligence gathering posed by threats such as terrorism, primarily global jihadist terrorism, the rise of China as a future global leader and the impact of unequal resource distribution on global power relationships, among other topics.

Minor Requirements for Majors

Completion of the Minor for Majors requires 18 credits ( 6 courses). Two political science courses ( 6 credits) may be counted both towards the Minor as well as towards the Political Science Major.

Minor Requirements for Non-Majors

Completion of this Minor requires 18 credits (six courses)

The following foundation course is required but it is not a prerequisite for taking the remaining courses listed below: 50:790: 388 U.S. National Security Policy Under no circumstances will any student be permitted to substitute an independent study course for the required National Security Establishment course. All minors should plan their schedules accordingly to fulfill this requirement.

The remaining course requirements may be selected from the list below:

  • 50:790:284 Geography and the World
  • 50:790:296 Practical Politics: Internships in National Security
  • 50:790:311 Latin American Politics
  • 50:790:316 East Asian Politics
  • 50:790:320 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
  • 50:790:322 Problems in Contemporary International Politics
  • 50:790:333 U.S. Intelligence Community
  • 50:790:336 Middle Eastern Politics
  • 50:790:337 South and Southeast Asian Politics
  • 50:790:350 Violence, Revolution and Terrorism
  • 50:790:387 International Law and International Organizations
  • 50:790:388 U.S. National Security Policy
  • 50:790:395 Formulation of American Foreign Policy
  • 50:790:403 The Constitution and Criminal Law
  • 50:790:420 Seminar in War and Peace
  • 50:790:426 Civil Liberties in Times of Emergencies
  • 50:790:427 Energy Security Policy
  • 50:790:429 Global Views of American Power
  • 50:790:430 Contemporary Propaganda
  • 50:790:435 Counter-Terrorism Strategies
  • 50:790:442 Human Freedoms and the Constitution
  • 50:790:480 Radical Politics
  • 50:790:490 Special Topics: 9/11 and 9/11 Revisionism
  • 50:790:490 Selected Special Topics – Students are advised to check with Dr. Harris – – regarding which Selected Special Topics count towards the National Security Minor.